MOSCOW (AP) President Vladimir Putin has engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership and proposed changes to the constitution that could keep him in power after the end of his term in 2024.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned his post after Putin announced the proposed constitutional amendments.
Putin kept his longtime ally in the Kremlin's leadership structure, appointing him to the new post of deputy head of the presidential Security Council.
The president named the little-known head of Russia's tax service to replace him.
Prominent opposition activist Alexei Navalny tweeted that Putin's speech clearly signaled his desire to continue calling the shots even after his presidential term ends.